National Hurricane Center: Irma now a tropical storm

National Hurricane Center: Irma now a tropical storm

While it arrived in Florida a Category 4 hurricane, by nightfall it was down to a Category 2 with winds of 160 kph.

We're in the middle of the most active part of what's been a busy hurricane season so far.

The Keys felt Irma's full fury when the storm blew ashore as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning with 130 miles per hour winds.

Meanwhile, evacuees in Florida were anxious to return and see how their homes weathered the storm.

On Sunday, Mayor Kasim Reed briefed the media on the city's preparations for the storm. A total of nearly 4.5 million Florida Power & Light customers have been affected by the storm, with about 1 million getting service restored, mostly by automated devices.

About 6.5 million Floridians were ordered to evacuate as Irma neared, and some residents of Georgia and SC were under evacuation orders as well.

"We're also identifying chaplains on the East Coast who have volunteered for Harvey, to redirect them to Irma, because we've had such an overwhelming response from our chaplains", said Jack Munday, global director of the Rapid Response Team.

We have teams of reporters and photographers fanned out throughout Florida and Georgia for continuing coverage of Hurricane Irma.

"Power lines are down throughout the state".

A third death was reported in Worth County.

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The body of a 62-year-old man who climbed a ladder behind his home was found under debris on the roof of his shed in southwest Georgia, where winds topped 40 miles per hour, Worth County sheriff's spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said.

Mr Saxon was using a chainsaw to cut up fallen tree limbs outside his home when he was struck.

SC: A 57-year-old SC man was fatally hit by a falling tree limb during the storm, Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley told CNN. A woman was killed when a downed tree struck her vehicle in Cumming, north of Atlanta, as the auto at in a private driveway, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. However, the state's long coastline, and the associated danger of storm surge and seawater incursion, make it impractical to run lines beneath the surface in some areas. More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia and over 80,000 in SC. Officials said they were working to clear roads and bridges. Duke Energy reported the biggest problems with 100,000 customers without service.

That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.

In the low-lying Keys, where a storm surge of over 3 meters was recorded, appliances and furniture were seen floating away, and Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said the ocean waters were filled with navigation hazards, including sunken boats. The city's Memorial Park has turned into an unrecognizable lake. And because hurricane winds spin counterclockwise and lined up perfectly perpendicular to Jacksonville's St. John's River, "it just pushed the water from the Atlantic right into the river", National Hurricane Center spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said.

Irma hit the United States soon after Hurricane Harvey, which plowed into Houston late last month, killing about 60 and causing some $180 billion in damage, largely through flooding.

This is the first time two Category 4 landfalls occurred in the continental United States in the same hurricane season.

"These are storms of catastrophic severity and we are marshalling the full, full resources of the federal government to help our fellow Americans in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and all of those wonderful places and states in harm's way", he said.

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